17 posts tagged Riot
Fearing the rebellious peaceful hordes of Occupy, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has granted the city’s police force emergency purchasing power to suit-up for NATO and G8 meetings this May. Top of the list: 3000 new riot face shields worth $200,000. These face shields are said to be better than existing ones because they fit easier over top of gas masks and seal directly to the forehead of the helmet, preventing liquids from passing through.
“Rioters known to attend NATO and G8 meetings have been known to throw bags of urine and bags of feces at police. Chicago Police officers need a shield that can adapt to what is being thrown at them, ” Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields told the Chicago Sun Times.
In a city already strapped for cash for social programs, the move comes as a surprise to citizens and protestors alike.
Aaron Cynic of Chicagoist.com writes:
To our knowledge, no protesters plan on bringing any kind of scatological materials to the demonstrations in May. Furthermore, while cursory searching found plenty of speculation, rumor and hyperbole about such instances, we have yet to find any actual hard evidence outside of commentary. To the contrary, a civil liberties advocate told an independent news website in December: “This is part of a spectrum of information war strategies that the state uses to repress dissent.”
Rocks, molotov cocktails and tear gas flew threw the air Friday as protesters and police clashed in the streets of Athens, Greece.
The violence erupted at the start of a 48-hour general strike against new austerity measures imposed by eurozone finance ministers that would further cut jobs and pay. The Greek parliament is expected to vote on the harsh austerity plan by Sunday or Monday.
Nerve Agents are classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN but that won’t stop the UK government from using it on the streets.
There is speculation that the UK is planning to sanction the use of chemical nerve agents against UK citizens on British streets. These could include substances whose use in warfare is banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993.
Experts were commissioned by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences, to investigate new developments in neuroscience that could be of use to the military. They concluded that the Government may be preparing to exploit a loophole in the Chemical Weapons Convention allowing the use of incapacitating chemical agents for domestic law enforcement.
Currently only such chemical irritants as CS gas or pepper spray may be used for riot control. The incapacitating agents now under consideration would go way beyond such measures.
The 1993 convention prohibits the development or use of nerve agents and other toxic chemicals by the military but there is an exemption for certain chemical agents that could be used for domestic purposes such as policing and riot control.
Poisoning by a nerve agent leads to contraction of pupils, profuse salivation, convulsions, involuntary urination and defecation, and eventual death by asphyxiation as control is lost over respiratory muscles.
From Colombian students fighting for free education!
Even though this kind of ‘protesters’ come along larger groups of true students, this is not what fighting for free education means, don’t be naive, don’t fool yourself. True fight is made showing your face.
Stop trying to pacify resistance. Violence and non-violence are moral categories. Direct action is much more effective than purely symbolic protests.
“Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me’. The idea that you can somehow remain aloof from and superior to the struggle, while living on food which British sailors have to risk their lives to bring you, is a bourgeois illusion bred of money and security.” - George Orwell
Resistance against what? Against the ‘bad guys’ or against ourself? When does the violence stops? When your side wins? Or somehow you pretend to win and at the same time live in a peace-loving-world, were you are right and nobody else has the right to protest and resist your side? If the only way to change things is trough violence then we already lost…
Direct action is purposeful, it is not aimless as you suggest. The violence stops when those in power stop oppressing humans and non-huamans and destroying the planet.
Being arrested for protesting is very common in the dominant culture. Also, I never implied that violent actions are the only available options, non-violence can be used effectively as Tim DeChristopher has shown in the climate justice movement.
From Colombian students fighting for free education!
The Huffington Post (via wakenrage)
most people my age that I know don’t really know what it is and if it wasn’t for the blogs I follow I wouldn’t either but WOW I really fucking wish
green anarchists at thessaloniki riots (greece)
KILLING YOUTH IN CHILE
Hundreds of thousands of Chilean workers and students took part this week in strikes and demonstrations against social inequality and the privatization of education. The government of right-wing billionaire Sebastián Piñera responded to the two-day general strike, which ended on Thursday, with repression and violence, including mass arrests and the killing of at least one youth.
The 14-year old boy, Manuel Gutiérrez Reinoso, died early Friday from a bullet wound in the chest. Witnesses said he had been shot by police. Dozens of others have been hurt and as many as 1,400 detained or arrested. Police in full riot gear have used tear gas and water cannons against blockades set up by youth. Another youth, 18-year-old Mario Parraguez Pinto, was shot in the eye and is in critical condition at a Santiago hospital.